Dutch Design Week 2011

Lightness in Lines
by Studio WM

November 18th, 2011 Posted In:

Gradient lamp and Easy chair by Studio WM, photography by Paul Schipper

The Lightness in Lines collection by Studio WM was one of my favourite things that I saw at Dutch Design Week last month. Studio WM is made up of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon who formed the Rotterdam based studio last year. Featuring clean, simple lines and a fresh colour palette, their impressive new collection consists of lamps, chairs, sidetables and a desk that all play with optical weight and light. Read the rest of this entry »

Eclipse and Occulation by Sophie Mensen and Oskar Peet

For those who are as poorly educated in astronomy as I am, a Syzygy refers to a straight line configuration of three celestial bodies. When aligned, the sun, moon and planets, produce eclipses, transits and occultations, which is what inspired Dutch designers Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen to create this amazing series of lighting designs. The two foremost discs of each design can be physically turned by hand to achieve the desired level of light. Just like the sun, the light source itself is constantly switched on. It’s only when both discs are turned to the correct possession,┬áresulting in perfect black, that the light can be extinguished. Read the rest of this entry »

OK, so I know we’ve already posted work by Lex Pott in the past week (see his amazing Transience mirrors with David Derksen here). However, during my time at Dutch Design Week I also saw his True Colours shelving at a brilliant exhibition of work called Mass, which challenged the methods and materials typically found in mass-production. Like his Transience mirrors, Lex Pott’s True Colours shelving was the result of careful experimentation and research into the oxidiszation of metals; a quest to discover their true colours.

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The Synergy of Colour by Yannic Alidarso, Design Academy Eindhoven, Art Direction by Petra Janssen, Photography by Femke Rijerman

Yannic Alidarso‘s Synergy of Colour project aims to make consumers more aware of the origin of the furniture in their home by giving them a participatory role in its production process. Shown at last week’s Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show, Alidarso’s device enables people to create their own pigments from collected organic materials and then apply them as a stain to plain wooden furniture. Read the rest of this entry »